Guy Hamilton (1922 - 2016)

Guy Hamilton, a film director who helmed four of the James Bond movies, died Thursday. He was 93.

Hamilton died at his home in Majorca, Spain. No cause of death was immediately available.

Hamilton directed the Bond films "Goldfinger" (1964), "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), "Live and Let Die" (1973), and "The Man With the Golden Gun" (1974).


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Born Sept. 16, 1922, in Paris, he also directed "The Colditz Story" (1955), a prisoner of war motion picture that starred John Mills and Eric Portman; "The Devil's Disciple" (1959); "Force 10 From Navarone" (1978); and "The Mirror Crack'd" (1980).

Hamilton worked in particular with Sean Connery and Roger Moore, helping to increase the film franchise's popularity worldwide.

He often praised the actors highly. Of Connery, he said, "You don't tell Sean Connery how to play James Bond."

Hamilton told Filmtalk last year that he preferred the earlier Bond films: "Now we see nothing but explosions and bang bangs and the stunts are not really very interesting with the trick photography: the FX man is always on top of it. When we did stunts, the stuntman jumped out of a six floor window into a wet sponge and if he missed the sponge, he could seriously hurt himself, but at least you knew he jumped."

Moore wrote on his Twitter account that he was "incredibly, incredibly saddened to hear the wonderful director Guy Hamilton has gone to the great cutting room in the sky. 2016 is horrid."

Hamilton was married twice. His first, to the actress Naomi Chance, ended in divorce. His second wife is the actress Kerima (Miriam Charrière).

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